A thread-lift, also known as feather lift surgery, is a delicate cosmetic surgery procedure to gently lift sagging facial skin to produce a smoother, more youthful appearance. If gravity has started to take its toll on your face, a thread lift may be a less invasive alternative to a face lift to rejuvenate the face without the risks and downtime associated with surgery. The thread-lift procedure involves very fine surgical sutures being inserted in to the soft tissue of the face to lift and support sagging areas. It cannot offer the same results as a full face lift but is a good option for a more subtle rejuvenation.
Am I a Candidate? As we age, the effects of gravity become more noticeable on our faces. The supporting tissue of the cheeks weakens, facial fat is lost, the jawline that used to be firm and tight forms jowls, the edges of the mouth drift down towards the chin, and the lower face and neck sags. Suitable candidates for a thread lift procedure are those who are experiencing mild to moderate sagging of facial tissues, usually those in their mid-thirties to fifties.
Before Surgery – Prior to your procedure, it is important to clearly set out your expectations with a cosmetic surgeon. While a thread lift can deliver great results, it may be the case that you require a more invasive face lift procedure to achieve the desired results.
During Surgery – During surgery, small 1-2mm incisions will be made at various points on the face. A hollow needle will then be inserted into the skin to put the threads in place. The threads are attached to the fat underneath the skin, and will then be adjusted to tighten and smooth the contours of your face.The excess thread is trimmed so it does not appear above the skin surface. A thread lift procedure takes approximately 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the number of areas being treated and the type of threads used.
Recovery – Post-procedure you may experience some slight bruising and swelling, which usually settles in a few days. Recovery is generally quick, with most patients returning to work the next day or after a few days rest, although you may find that your facial movement is limited for the first week or two.
Benefits – A thread lift procedure uses various different types of suture threads to help lift and tighten the skin. This process helps to raise the outer brow area, reduce jowling along the jawline, and reduce sagging in the cheeks, naso-labial (nose to mouth) folds and the lower eye areas.
Risks and Complications – There are few potential side effects to a thread lift procedure as the treatment is not as invasive as other lifting procedures. The area treated will often be sore with some swelling, bruising or puffiness for a few days.
Thread Lift Cost – Prices for a thread lift vary depending on the areas being treated and can start from approximately £1,500 for one area.
Choosing a Thread Lift Surgeon or Clinic
Only fully trained and qualified cosmetic surgeons should perform a thread lift procedure. It is particularly important for your practitioner to have a good understanding of anatomy in order to know where to carefully place the threads.